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Shopping with your smartphone

By Nicole Freeman:

I’ve always been a fan of online shopping: I’ve bought and sold dozens of items on Craigslist and eBay; I’m always looking for bargains on daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social; and I’m not ashamed to admit that most of my Christmas shopping is done at Amazon.

But these days, I’m no longer hunting for bargains in front of a computer screen. My online shopping has gone mobile and my smartphone has become my money-saving friend.

In many ways, taking my smartphone to the mall provides me with the best possible shopping experience. Instead of relying on screen images, I get to browse a real store, see the latest trends, and feel the quality of the merchandise. And if I see something I like, my smartphone can read the barcode and instantly let me know where I can get the lowest possible price. Some apps will even hunt for coupons and let me order the item right there and then.

If you love to go to the stores but still want the lowest possible price, then smartphone shopping is definitely the way to go. Here are just a few of my favorite smartphone shopping apps:

  • Google Shopper

    Google_Shopper_TNProbably one of the most popular shopping apps, Google Shopper does it all: it reads the barcode, tells you all about the product, searches for the best price at nearby stores or online, and lets you order right from your phone. You can use Google Shopper to comparison shop for virtually anything, including groceries. The latest version includes daily deals from Google Offers and features to bookmark bargains or share them with friends.

    Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android
    Price: Free
  • Red Laser

    Red_Laser_TNOne of the original barcode scanners and still one of the best. Almost impossible to come up with a product it can’t find. And it also reads those funny new QR codes. The Red Laser app searches for prices using Google, Shopping.com, eBay, American Express, and more. A new feature now allows in-app purchasing for home delivery or in-store pickup.

    Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android
    Price:Free
  • Yowza!! Mobile Coupons

    Yowza_TNYowza!! is one of the first of a rising crop of mobile couponing apps, which let you just show your smartphone at checkout to take advantage of the discount. Thousands of coupons can be searched by category or store. The only drawback is that most of these couponing apps are signing up merchants from the big cities first, so although you will find some coupons from the national chain stores, local independents may not be so well served. The Coupons App and CouponSherpa are other highly-regarded couponing apps.

    Platform: iPhone, iPad (requires iOS 5), Android
    Price: Free
  • Lemon

    Lemon_TNIf you really like to shop, then you might need an app to help you stay within your budget. Lemon scans all your receipts and organizes them into easy-to-understand categories and reports, telling you exactly what you have been spending your money on. If you don’t have a receipt, you can still enter a purchase manually. Lemon will let you establish up to 10 accounts, so you can track spending for every member of the family.

    Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry
    Price: Free

7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online

Ever since eBay burst onto the scene in 1995, the Internet has become the #1 destination for deal-makers and bargain hunters from all over the world. Offering everything from cars and electronics to fine wine and vacations, the Internet is home to thousands of sites connecting a multitude of eager buyers and willing sellers. But you don’t have to be sitting in front of a computer to find that affordable Cartier watch or those second-hand golf clubs. Web sites both big and small have embraced smartphone technology and super-fast mobile networks to make online trading available wherever you might be.

So, if you’re in the mood for tracking down a few bargains, don’t wait until you get home. Pull out your smartphone and download those apps that can help you find what you’re looking for. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Craigslist Mobile

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    Often described as the Wild West of Internet buying and selling, Craigslist is still the place to go for local deals and those obscure items that you can’t find anywhere else. Craigslist Mobile allows buyers to browse and search the listings, offering previews and thumbnail photos, while sellers can post directly from a smartphone without the need to log in or register. Direct dial and camera functions add to the ease of use without jeopardizing privacy preferences.

    Platform: iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • eBay

    ebaymobileThe daddy of all Internet auction sites, eBay also has one of the most comprehensive mobile apps. Buyers can browse, search and bid with a couple of taps, while sellers can add a listing in just seconds. eBay provides notifications of outstanding offers, new listings, or if you are being outbid, and you can also complete transactions with secure payments and track your shipments. The US mobile app is also optimized for car-sellers, with VIN recognition, a parts database, and more.

    Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry
    Price: Free
  • Amazon Mobile

    amazonmobileThe Amazon Mobile app allows users to browse listings, compare prices, read reviews, share products with friends, make purchases, and everything else you expect from the #1 shopping web site. You can use the barcode scanner to check the price and availability of any item when you are out shopping, and all your settings are synced for easy ordering. Amazon Mobile also provides Gold Box Deals, Deal of the Day, and recommendations based on your shopping history

    Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry
    Price: Free
  • Google Shopper

    googleshopperGoogle Shopper lets you search and browse information on millions of different products. You can use the barcode reader to compare prices when you are shopping, and access reviews and videos to help with your purchasing decisions. You can save items for later or buy them right away. All products and purchases can be shared with friends for a more social shopping experience.

    Platform: iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Yellow Pages

    yellowpagesRemember the Yellow Pages directories that used to land with a thud on your doorstep? Well, they have now moved online are available on-the-go through the Yellow Pages app. With over 80 million listings, including everything from bars to Broadway theaters, you are certain to find what you’re looking for. You can narrow your search by distance, and most listings include descriptions, ratings, links to web sites, and directions.

    Platform: iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Shopping by TheFind

    thefindShopping by TheFind allows you to browse hundreds of online catalogs from your favorite stores and then guarantees you the lowest price by checking Price Match offers from the big retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Target. You can find your item by scanning barcodes or QR codes, and TheFind gives you instant access to thousands of online coupons to make sure your final price search is as low as it can be.

    Platform: iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Newegg Mobile

    neweggNewegg is a popular online destination for consumer electronics, sporting goods, accessories and more, and the Newegg Mobile app allows you to find everything on-the-go. Each listing features detailed product specifications, an image gallery, customer reviews, and click-through purchasing options. You can search by category, brand or price point, and set up notifications for daily deals.

    Platform: iOS, Android
    Price: Free